Andy's Diner in Sodo to Reopen? -- A Seattle Times blogger reports that Sodo's major landowner, Henry Liebman, wants to reopen Andy's Diner, which sits on a 10-acre parcel that he owns. About the restaurant site, the developer said: "The building is a mess, but not beyond repair... The bums and cats have been evicted from under the railroad cars, so that's progress." If you'd like to help keep those, um, wheels of progress turning, e-mail the Times blogger at firstname.lastname@example.org -- she wants to try to hook a restaurateur up with Liebman on this.
Mercer Island Accepting Outside Students -- This one's from a few days ago, but it's an interesting story about how Mercer Island is taking kids from other districts. It quotes a South Seattle mom who can no longer afford to send her kids to private school but wants to avoid South Seattle's public schools: "She worried that the public schools in her South Seattle neighborhood were overwhelmed with high-needs students. As many as 80 percent of the students in her neighborhood schools come from low-income families, and almost 40 percent are learning English." As a South Seattle mom-to-be, I understand her concerns. I want my child to have all the educational opportunities that I did: AP classes in every subject all the way up through calculus, the choice of band or orchestra, multiple foreign languages to choose from, Academic Decathlon, honor society, up-to-date textbooks, mock trial, political/environmental clubs, field trips, programming classes, a million different sports teams -- the works. I went to (prosperous) public schools, and I always felt challenged in every subject -- I felt they'd let me race as fast academically as I wanted to, and they would help me every step of the way. Now that we have a baby on the way, some of my friends are advising me to sell my house and move north. I don't know what we're going to do.
Graffiti at the Christian Restoration Center -- Cleanup is going to happen soon -- they're just waiting for good weather.